CrossFit, Strand Life, Mediaset: Intellectual Property

Feb. 19 (Bloomberg) -- CrossFit Inc., the strength and fitness training company, sued a former affiliate for trademark misappropriation.

Andres del Cueto Davalos, a Mexico City resident and licensed CrossFit affiliate, exceeded terms of his license to set up Internet domain names that infringe the company’s trademarks, according to the complaint filed Feb. 14 in federal court in San Jose, California.

He’s also accused of offering unauthorized CrossFit franchises to 25 fitness centers in Mexico.

Del Cueto Davalos didn’t respond immediately to an e-mail seeking comment on the lawsuit sent through his company’s website.

The case is CrossFit Inc. v. Del Cueto Davalos, 15-cv-00725, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose).

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Butamax Wins U.S. Appeal Reviving Patent Claims Against Gevo

Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC can renew its patent-infringement claims against Englewood, Colorado’s Gevo Inc. in a case over biofuels, a federal appeals court said.

The Washington-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said yesterday a lower court in Delaware improperly interpreted the patents at issues in the case. The lower court also erred in finding one patent invalid, according to the appellate opinion.

In dispute are patents 7,851,188 and 7,993,889.

The appeal is Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC v. Gevo Inc., 2013-1342, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Washington). The lower court case is Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC v. Gevo Inc., 11-cv-00054, U.S. District Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).

Strand Life Sciences’ Virtual Liver Awarded U.S. Patent

Strand Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd. of Bangalore, India, received a U.S. patent for a method of predicting organ toxicity that can act as a “virtual liver” for testing drugs.

Patent 8,645,075, issued Feb. 4, covers a system that enables scientists to use software to predict possible liver toxicity. The information can’t be predicted for humans based on animal models, according to the patent.

Strand, founded in 2002 by professors from the Indian Institute of Science, applied for the patent in December 2009 with assistance from law firm Fenwick & West LLP of Mountain View, California.

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Mediaset Espana Loses Copyright Appeal Against Google’s YouTube

Mediaset Espana Comunicacion SA’s Telecinco unit’s appeal of a copyright-infringement verdict was rejected by Madrid’s Provincial Appellate Court, the Telecompaper website reported.

Earlier, the Madrid Mercantile Court ruled that Google Inc.’s YouTube video-sharing website wasn’t liable for users’ unauthorized posting of Telecinco’s copyright-protected content, according to Telecompaper.

Telecinco said it will ask Spain’s Supreme Court to review the appeals court ruling, Telecompaper reported.

The appeals court said it can’t order YouTube to monitor content posted on its video-sharing platform, according to Telecompaper.

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Trade Secrets/Industrial Espionage

Accused Conspirators in Seed Corn Theft Now on ‘Wanted’ Posters

“Wanted” posters for five people suspected of involvement in the theft of seed corn to be sent to a China-based company were issued by U.S. authorities, the Cedar Rapids, Iowa Gazette reported.

One person has already been arrested and accused of being part of a conspiracy to steal the intellectual property of two U.S. seed companies and warrants have been issued for the arrest of the others, the Gazette reported.

Grand Sierra Complains to Gaming Board Over Peppermill Employee

Grand Sierra Resort Corp. told the Reno Gazette Journal it lodged a complaint with the Nevada Gaming Control Board after an employee of the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino was allegedly caught using a special reset key to obtain data from Grand Sierra’s slot machines.

The Peppermill faces a potential $1 million fine for its employee’s alleged unauthorized access to slot machine data from the Grand Sierra and 10 other casinos, the newspaper reported.

Reno, Nevada-based Peppermill said in a statement that it took responsibility for the employee’s action and apologized, according to the Gazette Journal.

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